Network Keyboard-mouse-video switches.

Simon Haddon simon at
Wed Apr 24 14:44:03 EST 2002

Wouldn't you just want a KVM switch.  If you get one of the powered 
digital KVM switches then it even lets your servers boot up thinking that 
there is a keyboard and mouse attached. You can have 1 
monitor/keyboard/mouse to control lots of servers.

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On 24/04/02, 1:27:18 PM, Michael James <michael at> wrote regarding 
Network Keyboard-mouse-video switches.:

> Has anyone seen something like this?

> To make any yum-cha PC into a remotely administrable server
>  all that is needed is a network based video card.
> To the PCI or AGP slot it looks like a low-end video card.
> >From the back it looks like an independent ethernet port.
> It also has PS/2 keyboard and mouse leads.
> Internally it is jumpered to the reset and power headers.

> A remote SSH based console configures the board with it's own IP number
>  and access keys/ logon details.

> Once set up you can talk to the card even if the main OS is down.
> You can power-cycle, re-configure the BIOS,
>  watch and make changes in the boot process.

> Yes it's a significant, specialized piece of hardware,
>  but in a server room it would replace
>  all the forrest-of-wires keyboard/mouse/video switches
>  that people are throwing large amounts of money at.
> One standard cat5 lead, an old 10BaseT hub (out-of-band) and a console 

> And of course the console PC can be as remote as you like.

> There has to be a big enough market to be worth developing them.

> michaelj
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